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Note: The information and
dates presenterd below is specific to the year
of 2020-21, and the 2021 Chicago Student STEM
Exhibition. Much of this information may
change for the 2022 year and Exhibition.
Students who have started on their
investigation by completing their library
research and formulating an experimental
design may apply for funds to help purchase
supplies and equipment not normally available
at the local school.
Program awards a maximum of $100 per
semester or $200 per year to help students
finance the research of students in grades
7-12. The application
may be duplicated for your use. The Research
Grant Committee awards grants on the basis of
the application. The student must demonstrate
that he/she fully understands the nature of
the project and that experimental research
(not a demonstration) will be conducted.
students whose funding requirements exceed
$100 should apply for funds through the Maxi
Grant Program. Students applying
for a Maxi Grant must have participated in a
past regional or city science fair. The
application for this grant appears here.
The application should be completed with great
attention to detail. Do not request equipment
that is usually part of the school inventory.
All equipment purchased through the grant
becomes property of the school when the
project is completed. Greatest consideration
is given to students who have thoroughly
researched their project and have used
scientific journals rather than general
reference books and textbooks in their
applications will be screened by the Research
Grant Committee and evaluated by an initial
point system. If your application passes the
initial screening, the student will be invited
to a personal interview conducted by selected
CPS Student Science Fair Committee
Chairpersons. Maxi Research Grants are
awarded to students one time only.
applications are evaluated according to the
following criteria by the committee:
scientific merit, scientific approach, and
potential for development. A student may apply
for either the Minigrant or the Maxi Grant,
but not both.
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Over one and a half million dollars in
scholarships has been awarded to Chicago
public schools students who have participated
in the student science fair as exhibitors of
projects and/or as symposium participants.
awarded by corporations, philanthropic
organizations, universities, and the Chicago
Public Schools Student Science Fair, Inc. The
number of scholarships available varies each
Any senior who
has participated in at least one Chicago
Public Schools Student Science Fair at the
Chicago Region level or above and who is
graduating from a Chicago Public High School
is eligible to apply for a scholarship.
seniors may obtain scholarship application
forms from their high school science fair
coordinator, their counselor, or science
department chairperson. The application is
also found here.
Applicants should be aware of the deadline for
filing their applications. See the Science Fair
calendar for the due date. Late and
incomplete entries will not be considered and
will be returned to the student. Faxed
applications are not accepted.
application forms will be judged on the
amount of science fair participation, levels
of achievement, and special awards
profile: types of courses and grades, class
rank, and standardized test results
school and community service
characteristics, letters of recommendation
candidates will be selected from the
applicants and invited to meet with the
scholarship committee in the final step of
screening. Recipients of scholarships are
selected by the committee to discuss their
candidacy with the committee in an informal
setting. The candidates are notified by letter
as to the decision of the Scholarship
Committee whose decisions are final. A formal
presentation of scholarships takes place at an
awards dinner to honor the recipients and
university scholarships had been made
available to Science Fair, Inc. at the time of
this handbook’s publication. The list is
subject to change.
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One tuition-free, 4-year scholarship
Requirements: ACT score 16+ or 22+ for the
Must apply and be accepted by the university.
Must major in biology, chemistry, physics,
mathematics, engineering, or pre-medicine.
One $4000 renewable scholarships
Requirements: ACT score 28
Honors program and rank in the top 15%
One or two year, ˝ tuition scholarship
Requirements: Admission to Lake Forest by
ACT score 25 and/or SAT score 1180
a 3.5 GPA and rank in the top 20%
One $1,000 per year renewable tuition waiver
Requirements: Admission to Lewis University;
3.0 GPA in high school; maintaining
a 3.0 GPA while attending Lewis University
University of Chicago
One $2,000 per year renewable tuition waiver
Requirements: Admission to Loyola by April 1.
ACT score 24+ or 30+ for the Honors Program
Rank in class: Upper 10%
Major in Biology, Chemistry, Physics,
Pre-Medicine, or Mathematics
One 4-year tuition-free scholarship
Requirements: ACT Score 26; or ACT score 23
and top 10% of class
Rank in class: Upper 10%
Major in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or
One tuition waiver of $2,000
Requirement: Student must have been accepted
University by April 1.
Illinois at Chicago
One 4-year, tuition-free scholarship
Requirements: ACT score 26+; SAT score 1090
Rank in class: Upper 15%
A number of
monetary scholarships will also be available.
The funding of
these scholarships depends on the generosity
of corporations and philanthropic
organizations that contribute to Science Fair,
Inc. Cash grants usually range from $2,000 to
$3,000. The application for a Science Fair
Scholarship can be found here.
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